Pastoral Care at Christ Church Greenwich provides spiritual support to people and their families who are facing illness, loss, or other stressful situations. Pastoral Care is the heart of CCG, where we live out the command to love one another as Christ has loved us.
We invite volunteers to participate in our ministries of care. In fact, lay people are vital components of CCG’s commitment to making sure that church members feel supported in times of need. The Book of Common Prayer states that “The ministers of the Church are lay persons [as well as], bishops, priests and deacons.”
I was sick and you took care of me…
…just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.
– Matthew 25:36, 40
The Book of Common Prayer states that “The ministers of the Church are lay persons [as well as], bishops, priests and deacons.” Prayer, listening, and sacraments ensure that no member of our parish family needs to face crises alone.
Do Good and Feel God!
Our pastoral care volunteers stayed in touch with parishioners during the pandemic with phone calls, cards, and deliveries of home-baked cookies. We are now back to doing in-person Eucharistic visits and worship services. Our volunteers say their time with those in need are the most rewarding and spiritual experiences in their lives.
If you’re interested in getting involved with one of the following ministries, contact the Rev. Dr. Cheryl McFadden or Sarah Boyle for more information.
Eucharistic Visits Are Back!
With Covid restrictions easing, our pastoral care volunteers are once again bringing Holy Communion to members of our parish family who cannot get to church. It’s a privilege and a spirit-filled moment when we share a brief liturgy and the Body of Christ with someone who is isolated or frail. You don’t have to know the Bible or have any specific education to be a Eucharistic visitor. All that’s required is a willingness to extend our parish’s Eucharistic community to include the person being visited. Training is provided if you have an interest in connecting with people in our parish that we may not usually see, please contact the Rev. Dr. Cheryl McFadden, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Boyle, email@example.com.
Twice a month a CCG volunteer leads a Sunday service at The Nathaniel Witherell (town skilled nursing facility). This Morning Prayer service, which includes scripture and discussion, is the only Sunday service at the facility.
On Wednesday mornings, a CCG volunteer leads a half-an-hour modified Morning Prayer service at River House Adult Day Center. We enjoy our time to focus on God, pray, and remember how our faith has helped us.
Worship Leaders are CCG parishioners who have done a simple training in leading services for the elderly and who enjoy being with people. Training, including ECCT Safe Church training is required.
Loaves Of Love Treat BOXES
Parishioners drop off home-baked cookies and treats, we put them in festive boxes, and deliver them to homebound parishioners or those in need of a little cheer. Treat Boxes go out for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Fall/Back to School.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM
When clergy or others get requests for prayer, our team is notified and prayers begin. We have an ongoing list and team members pray for those on the list throughout the week. Team members contact those on the list or their relatives periodically to see how they are doing.
We send birthday cards to all parishioners over the age of 75, a list of about 265 people.
Volunteers send cards to parishioners — sympathy, get well, support, thinking of you, and congratulations for marriages, births and graduations.
Outreach Singers sing familiar hymns to homebound and nursing home residents.
Your weekly visits link my sweet mother to the body and soul of Christ through the sharing of elements, the reading of scripture, and the warmth of your kind embraces and warm smiles. Moms caregivers love your visits, as well! Thank you so very much.
Having the honor of serving as a Eucharistic Visitor brings me back to the essence of being a Christian. We are all God’s children, from birth to death; it is a good thing that we visit and take care of one another while we inhabit this blessed earth together.
I am well aware of all the blessings that have brought me so much happiness over the years and place the Eucharistic Visitors way at the top of the list. I think of them as God’s cheerleaders and am very grateful to them for all the time and effort that’s they give so willingly, steadfastly and graciously to His service. And when we read together the part of the Confession of Sin that says, “We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves,” I know that those words do not apply to the Eucharistic Visitors.